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Cicada Killer - The Big Wasp

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been getting many phone calls from people describing giant wasps in their yards. These have turned out to be the Eastern Cicada Killer (Sphecius speciosus), which is a mild mannered wasp. The stinger on the female wasp is used to paralyze cicadas and the male has no stinger. The adult cicada killer is an impressive looking wasp measuring up to 1.5 i...

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Three Gardens; 2000 pounds of food

Posted by Beth Allhands -

Comprised of over 3700 volunteers around the state, the Illinois Master Gardener program is a truly great program with a mission  to help others learn to grow. To that end, each Unit, County, and person in the program provides individualized services to the needs and interests they see in their neck of the woods. From the Idea Garden at the Urbana-Champaign campus to the Monarch Madness...

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Lunch box notes

Lunchbox Fun

Parents, teachers, and students: welcome back to school! Along with education, social engagement, and student personal growth, food is a major part of school culture. Consider the different times foods can pop up during the school day: Breakfast – at home, on-the-go to school, or a school-provided meal Lunch – a meal packed at home or provided by the sch...

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